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10 Last Minute Tips for English Paper 1 – Leaving Cert



You might think there is very little you can do to prepare for English Paper 1 at this stage, but there is no harm at all in reminding yourself o some of the basic and key points as to how to approach this paper. It is not simple, especially for those who don’t have that natural flair for English and for those who do, an over confidence could cost you that A grade so be careful!


1. Read the entire paper from start to finish before you attempt to answer any questions. You will find out the theme of the paper and get to grips with the language in each text.

2. Pick your question B first. The reason for this is you have to come up with the answer yourself, whereas you will find your answers to question A the the text therefore it is easier to do.

3. You cannot do a Question A and Question B from the same text!! Every year students lose marks so choose wisely and don’t make this mistake.

4. Decide on your Question A and re-read that text. This time, underline the key words in each paragraph to identify any language you can. ie. metaphors, similes, alliteration, hyperbole, onomatopoeia etc. Then take a look at your questions and underline the key words in there. Keep using theses key words as much as possible while answering your question. This will show the examiner you are focused.

5. Answer all questions using a statement, quotation and comment type answer. Give as many points as possible – at least three or four for each question.

6. Identify the language question. They often ask students about the writers style of writing or sometimes they can be a little more devious and expect you to read between the lines and identify the language in the text. Don’t just write about imagery – write about all the language techniques used and don’t forget the first thing you should state is as to whether the piece of writing is descriptive, informative, persuasive, didactic, narrative, etc

7. Don’t use a pre-prepared essay – unless you are lucky enough and it is totally appropriate. Examiners will spot this a mile away and you will lose marks on the only 100 mark question in English. You are given 30 marks for purpose, 30 marks for coherence, 30 marks for language and 10 marks for mechanics, so when you think of it, 60 marks are going for just being focused and simply doing what they ask you to do.

8. Essay writing is all about style. If they want a short story make sure you have a twist in it and it is written in third person. If it is a personal essay you decide on then keep it personal and write on what you know. If you attempt the article type essay make sure it’s factual and give an appropriate introduction, depending on who you are asked to write for. Give the usual six points and make sure you don’t repeat yourself. Examiners love a bit of humour so if you can put in an anecdote or persona memory to hammer home the point, do. Try to be different – that’s what get’s you the marks.

9. Don’t do extra Questions. Usually students do this thinking it will get them extra points or the examiner will reward them for making an extra effort. They won’t! Put your effort into the questions you have to do. If you’re doing them right, you won’t have time for any extra!

10. Watch your timing – Reading the paper will take about 20 minutes, the essay should be given 90 minutes and Question A and B should be given 45 minutes each. Make sure you do the essay last as you might get idea’s from the three texts you have just read and you will be more relaxed at that stage in the exam which means you will be able to function better.

In general, you have done the work so there is nothing to be scared about going into this exam at all. Don’t Panic and just look through any questions your English Teacher corrected and really concentrate on any comments he/she made and try to improve in these area’s. Keep brainstorming and looking through past papers and if you don’t have time to do actual questions, just do out plans and think about what approach is needed for each one. Make sure you write enough and a good plan at the start of each questions will ensure you do this. Keep positive and don’t listen to others when they offer their opinion as to what you should or should not have done. When it’s over, be content and don’t give it a second thought. Your going to do brilliant, the work is done.

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  1. Keane naidoo

    November 11, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks guys im using my mom’s phone and these tips are really helpful 🤗🤗 thank God there are peps like you guys

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Hey, what’s the Story of Your Stuff?



EPA invites second-level students to consider the environmental impact of everyday items and consumption decisions

The Story of Your Stuff competition combines creativity and science, giving students the chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, alongside a new Climate Topic Prize

The young people who influence the trends of today will be the decision-makers of tomorrow and are encouraged to consider how their everyday decisions can have a positive impact on the environment – and the world. That’s according to Dr Jonathan Derham, EPA Programme Manager, launching The Story of Your Stuff, an EPA competition aimed at secondary school students, which seeks to empower young people to make environmentally conscious decisions about their ‘stuff’ and everyday activities.

Now in its fourth year, the competition brings together curiosity, creativity and science, and aims to get young people thinking about sustainability, climate action and environmental protection, and to spread the word among their friends and family. Entrants are tasked with highlighting the environmental impact of an everyday item or activity by creatively telling its story through a visual medium.

Entrants to the competition will be in with a chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, while a new ‘Climate Topic Prize’ will be awarded to the entry that best addresses key climate considerations, such as carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions or climate action.

Speaking at the launch, Dr Derham said:

“Many young people are deeply concerned about the climate and environmental emergency now facing us worldwide, something that has been well flagged by evidence from scientists, including the EPA. Urgent transformational change is now required to meet these challenges, based on what the evidence is telling us. The EPA is calling on second-level students to enter The Story of Your Stuff competition and to use their artistic talents to create stories to inspire others to make low carbon and environmentally conscious consumption choices.”

Last year’s winners were Shurooq Azam, Aldiana Hoxha, Kar Gong Leong and Tomi Ayibiowu from Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin 15, who made a video on the story of a toothbrush.

Colette Ryan of the EPA said:
“The Story of Your Stuff competition gets people thinking, talking and making changes and identifying ways in which they can become responsible consumers. The competition is a real highlight in the EPA calendar and a testament to the students who take the time to explore the story of their stuff and to the teachers who guide them. We look forward to seeing the projects from this year’s entrants.”

Competition guidelines and tips are available at The deadline for entries is Monday, 9th March 2020.


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Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol are inviting pupils in Rang 3 – 6 to submit a piece of writing (no longer than 300 words) on the above topic. They should seek to describe what they love about the culture of GAA in their own school.

Any school submitting a piece to us should have parental consent before sending on the piece.

Ideally a group photo of any GAA activity in the school should accompany the piece. The winning piece each week will be included with this report and will appear in the local newspapers. The name of the pupil who wrote the piece can appear alongside it.

All stories can be emailed to John Manley PRO Tipperary CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL at

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FF will freeze student fees and fully restore post-graduate grants – Goldsboro



Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Tipperary Cllr. Imelda Goldsboro says her party is determined to make third level education affordable again and has put forward a range of measures to ease the financial burden on students.

The party plans to establish a new Department of Higher Education and Research to ensure that the demands of third level do not fall through the cracks as has been happening under Fine Gael.

Cllr. Goldsboro said, “Fianna Fáil has a proud record of expanding free education and transforming the lives of generations of Irish people.  We want to continue that tradition and have placed education at the heart of our strategy.

“The high cost of third level can often deter students from applying to college in the first place.  I believe that every young person should have the chance to broaden their horizons and their opportunities through education and my party is committed to freezing student fees if elected to government.

“The undergraduate maintenance grant is a key tool to alleviate the pressure on students and their families.  The Cassells report specified the need for additional investment to deliver a more effective system of student financial aid, and if elected to government, my party will increase the undergrad maintenance grant by 20%.

“Fianna Fáil has secured a partial row back on some issues as part of the Confidence and Supply Arrangement but we want to go further.  As part of our affordability pledge, we will fully restore post-graduate grants to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation, can have the opportunity to undertake a post graduate course.

“Improving our education system has been a core objective of Fianna Fáil since its foundation and in government we will continue to push for better access and supports for all”.

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